Creatine is, without a doubt, the most researched performance supplement in history - and it's not even close.
Athletes have been taking it for decades for myriad reasons, but even if you aren't an elite athlete, creatine is still something you will benefit from taking. Let's look first at the athletic benefits, then we will talk about the benefits for the general population.
Athletic Benefits of Creatine
Hundreds of studies have been performed measuring the impact creatine has on athletic performance. It has been shown to:
- Improve strength
- Improve ballistic power
- Improve sprint performance
- Improve muscular endurance
- Speed recovery
- Stave off fatigue
The bottom line is: if you are an athlete of any kind, you NEED to be taking creatine.
But the benefits aren't limited to athletes. There's a lot more to creatine than that.
Health Benefits of Creatine
Besides how creatine can help you in the gym, here are a few of the key health and wellness benefits:
Helps Muscle Cells Produce More Energy
Having more creatine in your cells aids in the production of ATP, which the body uses during exercise to create energy.
The rate that the body can reproduce ATP is the limiting factor in how well you recover.
Simply put, more creatine equals more energy.
May Help With Parkinson's Disease
Creatine may help individuals maintain higher level function for longer periods of time than those who do not take it.
Parkinson's is characterized by a drop in the neurotransmitter dopamine. The sudden and steep drop off leads to brain cell death which in turn manifests in the outward symptoms of the disease.
In a mouse study, creatine was able to prevent up to 90% of the drop in dopamine. Additionally, in a randomized trial in 2007, scientists found that patients who already had Parkinson's increased upper body strength when weight training and supplementing with creatine.
May Fight Other Neurological Diseases
Creatine has shown promise in rodent experiments to reduce or slow the progression of several other diseases including:
More research is needed, and more and more is being done, but with such a safe and low-cost supplement and the giant potential upside, creatine is a great addition to your brain health regimen.
Why Creatine Hydrochloride?
So why take creatine HCL? What makes our Performance Creatine different?
It all comes down to your body's ability to absorb it.
Creatine monohydrate is not absorbed well and some research has been done which suggests that as little as 3% of the original dose is transported across the intestinal wall within 90 minutes.
Imagine that. You pay for something, you take it, and your body only gets 3% of it. That's insane.
This is why the prevailing wisdom around creatine was that you needed to "load it" for several weeks, taking 25 grams or more before tapering off to a more normal dose.
By adding the hydrochloride group to the molecule, the pH of it drops. This increases the absorption that in the lab, creatine HCL is 40 times more water soluble than monohydrate. Other research has shown that the intestines absorb creatine hydrochloride around 60% better than monohydrate.
In other words, you can take a much smaller dose of our Performance Creatine to get commensurate results with monohydrate, and you get to skip the bloating that comes along with it.
The bottom line is Performance Creatine is absorbed better by your body, does wonders for your brain, and it won't break the bank.